Articles & News on Smart Manufacturing & Industry 4.0

FDT Group releases FDT 3.0 – FDT IIoT Server (FITS) standard

  • News

The FDT 3.0 standard is intended to accelerate the evolutionary journey into the Fourth Industrial Revolution by enabling an ecosystem of FDT-based solutions to meet demands for IIoT and Industrie 4.0 applications.

CPAPs RE-INVENTed into Emergency Ventilators Using PLCs and HMIs

  • by Dr. Tom Burch, Auburn University
  • Case Study

AutomationDirect helped the team supply large quantities of reliable automation components in a short span of time, delivering products ready for development right out-of-the-box. Should circumstances require it, RE-INVENT is ready to save lives.

e-Magic announces joining of Digital Twin Consortium

  • News

Digital Twin Consortium is a global ecosystem of users who are accelerating the digital twin market and demonstrating the value of digital twin technology.

Leveraging the Digitalization Toolbox to Distance Workers in the COVID-19 Era

  • by Bill Lydon, Automation.com
  • Feature

By Bill Lydon
Running a manufacturing plant in the COVID-19 pandemic era means distancing coworkers and minimizing their interactions. Fortunately, there are a range of industrial automation solutions available that can help organizations achieve these new goals while also being consistent with digitalization investments to improve productivity. 

Case Study: Coffee Pod Maker Uses ERP to Double Business Volume

  • Case Study

Pod Pack leverages DELMIAworks to automatically prompt line operators to run the appropriate inspections, trace and manage inventory, and achieve better utilization and uptime on existing equipment.

Understanding IIoT Batteries and Power Protection at the Edge

  • by Shawn Hatton, Bedrock Automation
  • Feature

Industrial batteries are evolving to meet the demands of the digital world. Lithium-ion technology offers numerous advantages over lead-acid batteries for backing up mission critical applications.
 

ONDO announces opening of South Africa office

  • News

The decision has come following the considerable interest towards ONDO agriculture automation solutions from local companies and the vast potential of the regional market.

Redhorse Corporation announces Dr. John Zangardi as President

  • News

In this role, Zangardi will be responsible for the day to day operation of Redhorse Corporation and will be based in Washington, D.C.

Improving Analytics Productivity Across the Enterprise

  • by Takayuki Sugizaki, Yokogawa Electric
  • Opinion

By Takayuki Sugizaki, Yokogawa Electric
Plant managers are faced with the dual challenges of increasing production efficiency while maintaining aging equipment, and corporate executives must do the same across the entire manufacturing enterprise. In the process industries, subject matter experts (SMEs) are those end user employees with the expertise required to understand processes and equipment.

4 Measures Organizations Can Take to Protect OT Systems from Ransomware Attacks

  • by James McQuiggan
  • Opinion

By James McQuiggan
Ransomware is no longer a hit and run type of attack. The criminals are utilizing phishing and other social engineering techniques to gain access to the IT network and pivoting through to the OT networks to copy and exfiltrate the data. It’s only a matter of time before criminal organizations are able to gain access to more OT facilities and organizations.